2002 Mazda Protege Consumer Review: Best compact sedan money can b

2002 Mazda Protege - Consumer Review

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Best compact sedan money can buy!!
By Jhatfi on


2002 Mazda Protege ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


I love this car, plain and simple. I
bought my 02' Protege ES because I had
to downgrade in order to save money
because of my new son. Its 2.0L motor
is peppy for a 4 banger that allows for
pretty easy passing and decent
acceleration even up steep hill grades
although another 20 horsepower would be
appreciated. The interior is very nice
and well laid out. The ES actually has
a tight and solid feel of a higher
priced car and handles great, although
the supspension is a little stiff.

Best Features

Handling, exterior and interior, build quality and general performance.

Worst Features

Shorter shift throw, stiffer rear sway bar to keep rear better in line under aggressive cornering, another 20-30 horsepower, deeper drink holders, more powerful stock stereo with better speakers (perhaps a subwoofer in back to help with bass and tweeters up front for better highs).
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